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Myanmar’s top court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists

Myanmar's top court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act, in a landmark case that has raised questions about the country's transition to democracy.

By: Reuters | Naypyitaw |
April 23, 2019 8:45:57 am
Myanmar's top court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists FILE PHOTO: Detained Reuters journalist Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo arrive at Insein court in Yangon, Myanmar August 27, 2018. (Reuters Photo: Ann Wang)

Myanmar’s top court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act, in a landmark case that has raised questions about the country’s transition to democracy.

“They were sentenced for seven years and this decision stands, and the appeal is rejected,” Supreme Court Justice Soe Naing told a court in the capital, Naypyitaw, without elaborating.

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